Writing Elsewhere: Finding Rebates Shopping Online and Off

A few months ago, I wrote about the WalMart Savings Catcher that’s found online and in their smartphone app. I’ve discovered another app that helps you save through rebates that can be applied to your PayPal account! Yes, that’s right: a cash rebate.

imageIbotta is an app that gives you a chance to apply for rebates for things you’re already purchasing. Most rebates aren’t terribly large – most are in the 30-75¢ range – but they add up quickly. For example, a recent rebate of 30¢ on any brand of milk was available, as well as rebates on any kind of sliced bread, any dozen eggs, and any cereal. (Ibotta is working on adding more generic/any brand rebates.) These rebates were available at any grocery story in town. Also available were rebates on some name-brand items like Ragu and Hunt’s diced tomatoes. In fact, the diced tomatoes were available at Sam’s (where I usually buy them) and could have been combined with a pasta purchase for an extra dollar! While you’re shopping, you can use the Ibotta app to check the UPC code to be sure your purchase qualifies. …

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